Curb Appeal – Spring Edition

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    This is the first in a 4-part ‘how-to’ series of tips and tricks to add curb appeal to your home all year long. And with the official start of Spring just a few short days away we figured it was the perfect time to get started.

    For those of us who love to garden and watch things bloom, every year it feels like Spring just can’t get here quick enough. When it comes to your curb appeal, Spring is the first chance we get each year to really make that “wow” impact.

    HERE ARE A COUPLE OF TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN PLANTING THIS SPRING.

    #1 – FULL SUN NOW COULD BE FULL SHADE IN A MONTH’S TIME

    When planting under or around trees, keep in mind the amount of light your plant needs and how that might change once all the leaves return to the trees. We’ll talk more about planting in the “right spot” in our summer post.

    #2 – BEWARE OF “ONE MORE FROST”

    It’s so easy to get impatient. The nurseries and stores get packed early with beautiful plants – most of which are will not react well to freezing temperatures. Be patient and don’t fall into the trap of buying and planting too much, too soon. Trust us – you’ll thank us later.

    WHILE THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT PLANTS THAT LOVE OUR SOUTHERN CLIMATE, HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES.

    KNOCK OUT ROSES

    A true staple in any southern landscape. This hardy, prolific bloomer is the gift that keeps giving all season long. Knock Out Roses come in a variety of colors and options, including traditional pink, yellow, light pink – just to name a few. Unlike traditional roses, this variety is very easy to maintain and requires little care and attention. Plant these anywhere you want to make a statement – but remember, as with most roses, plant in a full-sun location. A few of our favorite locations to plant includenear your mailbox – but not too close to risk causing your mail deliverer injury as well as in front of a window on the front-side of your house. This allows not only those passing by to enjoy the view, but also provides some visual excitement when looking out the windows.

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    ENCORE AZALEAS

    Almost as commonly found in the southern garden as the rose, azaleas are a popular choice due to their large, colorful blooms, and low-maintenance needs. Plant in the right location, provide the proper care and your Encore azaleas will explode with blooms in both the spring and fall. The Encore azaleas come in over 20 colors and shades and are sold at most local nurseries including Pike Nurseries as well as the Home Depot.

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    SALVIA

    Another common favorite is the Salvia plant. While you can occasionally stumble across an annual variety of this plant, we’re talking about the perennial one here. Recognized for its deep blue-violet color, the Salvia will bloom consistently from about May through October. This is another plant that loves full sun and even does well during the driest parts of the summer. Salvia is perfect inside beds, adding some character and interest that’s usually saved for beds in front of the house. Group a few together to really make an impact!

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